On Thursday Craig and I visited the BBC Media Centre on Wood Lane to learn about the corporation’s archive. We had an great time. The archive boggled out minds and we didn’t see anything beyond photo copies of a few letters. Then the letters did include the pitch for Desert Island Discs (two paragraphs long); the pitch for The Archers, George Orwell’s appraisal and resignation, plus The Rolling Stones writing in the hope they may get a gig and someone tipping off a superior about a young girl with an excellent singing voice (Julie Andrews). Continue reading “BBC Archive” »
Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category
Last Tuesday (4th) we took one of our stepladders on a trip to the British Library Conference Centre to install a piece to coincide with The Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value. Continue reading “Provocation #1” »
It pays to be curious about EVERYTHING. A couple of weekends ago a family trip took us to Blists Hill, the Victorian Museum in Iron Bridge. Essentially after being primed in a Visitor Centre you are unleashed into a fragment of a Victorian Town. You can go to a Victorian Bank to change your money into old school pounds, shilling and pence which is valid currency in the pub and various shops. You can call in to see artisans carving, making candles, plaster figures all in original, or very nearly original buildings. For me however the highlight was listening to The Brick Man. It didn’t seem very promising – “do you want to see my collection of bricks?” Continue reading “Brick Forensics” »
We don’t normally carry Crowd Sourcing pleas on our blog because we don’t believe that’s what you come here for, but…
This afternoon the excellent Johnny O’Hanlon and I were plotting the latest Space adventures we hope to Year 5 on at Billesley Primary school, he mentioned his work with Hocus Pocus Theatre Group who meet at mac in Cannon Hill Park regularly. They are a group of actors with learning disabilities who devise their own shows. They’re looking for £875 to make a new show. They’ve had £790 pledged and if they don’t get the remaining £45 pledged by Monday they lose everything pledged so far.
For them, and for Johnny’s commitment to them, I have broken our rule.
Our Japanese/Robotics sleuth has put us onto this clip, which documents a highly peculiar cultural event. Watch it and enjoy, then at 5 min 4 sec and 7 min 64 sec in those with very long memories may recognize two ideas that appeared in No Walls, Just Doors our collaboration with Stage 2 way back in 1997. Even our outrageous arrogance won’t allow us to claim to have be ripped off by the Japanese choreographer, these are just the obvious things to do when you have a large troupe of highly skilled and disciplined performers at your disposal.
School’s out, but unfortunate Year 11 Students at Washwood Heath Academy earned their break this morning by enduring a Geography revision lesson lead by a theatre director who got his ‘A’ Level Geography qualification before tectonic plates were invented. He insisted all the students had been beamed down from another planet to explore the earth and needed to report back their findings. They took it in good spirit and displayed an impressive knowledge of the biosphere, well done them.
Obviously the day our internet service provider staggers under the weight of corporate ‘What we’ve done this year’ propaganda. Which always proves informative if not a bit saccharine after the third dose. This year Craig knocked up our version using Comic Life. If you haven’t had your brain washed enough already you are very welcome to download the comic and digest it – Craig’s jokes sweeten the pill.
Re-imagining this world as another world is one of my favourite pastimes so obviously Streets of Myth is spot for me, it is to be a martial arts series set in an alternative Birmingham. They are looking to raise money for the project and this teaser is very seductive.
The timing of Streets of Myth coming to my inbox was spot on as I’d just been fired up by Seijun Suzuki’s Branded to Kill which I loved, a great start to my resolution to watch a load of Japanese Film Noir.
What a heartwarming day Friday was. Friends of Stan Catherine & Peter celebrated the birth of their second child. Over @ A E Harris family and friends of another happy couple came together collaborating on the set up of spectacular wedding reception. At the Library of Birmingham, despite having a huge list of ‘things to do’, Phil Degg and a growing phalanx of technicians helped Jon grappling with the problem of streaming audio out of the library’s secure networking arrangements for The Commentators to go global on Monday night. Back @ A E Harris Poppy, Amelia and Eve were eagerly re-stocking the bar and preparing wood for next Friday’s engagement at Washwood Heath Academy. To round of a great day of communal endeavor we called in at the fantastic Moseley Folk festival just in time to catch Ocean Colour Scene rip into a rapturously received homecoming gig.
The privilege of being in a van on a long drive with your mates is one of the fantastic fringe benefits of being in a touring theatre company. I love the conversation, the music playing, the sense of adventure, the tense map reading and the landscape scrolling by. Continue reading “Vans” »
With a school age child and an Assistant Headteacher wife I have found myself at school shows with increasing regularity and find that mostly I love them.
Tonight was a Primary School rendition of Return of the Golden Slipper. Apart from the wonderful collective human endeavor, enthusiasm and energy, what makes the show fascinating is watching the acting. With the oldest performers just 11, with very few of them having been trained and all of them just there because they happen to go to that school not because they passed an audition, you see a great range of performers. Continue reading “Acting 101” »